Gina McGlinchey PhD

Regina (Gina) McGlinchey is a Supervisory Research Scientist and Associate Director for Research Training for the Geriatric Research, Education and Clinical Center at the VA Boston Healthcare System, and a Professor of Psychology in the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. Since receiving her PhD in Experimental Psychology from Tufts University, she has been conducting clinical neuropsychological and neuroscience research on cognitive and neural changes associated with aging, stroke, disease, alcoholism, and, over the last decade, military-related brain and psychological trauma. Some of her most important contributions to science have come from her role as Principle Investigator and Director of the VA Rehabilitation Research and Development National Network Center for Traumatic Brain Injury called the “Translational Research Center for TBI and Stress Disorders” (TRACTS).

Together with a team of researchers at TRACTS, she is providing a multimodal characterization of mild traumatic brain injury, and demonstrating how associated stress disorders, including PTSD, influence how brain injury is expressed at the psychological, biological and neurobiological levels. Most recently, she and colleagues have initiated a comprehensive effort to increase the representation of women in the TRACTS cohort and essentially pioneer scientific inquiry in the area of head injury in women suffering from TBI and PTSD secondary to domestic violence. It is her hope to use this understanding to create effective treatment opportunities for all individuals who have suffered from multiple, co-occurring psychological and physical conditions.